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Prospect Reef workers to be paid by end of August- Premier Fahie

- employees owed $171, 834.78; Hon Fraser wants to know what they are being paid for
Some $171, 834.78 is outstanding to employees of the hurricane ravaged Prospect Reef Resort on Tortola. Photo: VINO
Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, during the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday July 25, 2019, wanted to know what employees of the hurricane ravaged Prospect Reef Resort were being paid for. Photo: Youtube
Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA, during the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday July 25, 2019, wanted to know what employees of the hurricane ravaged Prospect Reef Resort were being paid for. Photo: Youtube
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has declared that all efforts are being exhausted to have all the employees of Prospect Reef owed paid in full no later than by the end of August 2019. Photo: Youtube
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has declared that all efforts are being exhausted to have all the employees of Prospect Reef owed paid in full no later than by the end of August 2019. Photo: Youtube
A section of the damaged Prospect Reef Resort on Tortola. Photo: VINO
A section of the damaged Prospect Reef Resort on Tortola. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While a review of the organisational and operational structure of Prospect Reef Resort is currently being undertaken in order to determine a more economical way forward, the Government of the Virgin Islands has committed to paying in full monies owed to workers by the end of August 2019.

Some $171, 834.78 is outstanding to employees of the hurricane ravaged resort.

This was revealed by Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) when answering questions by Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA during the Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday July 25, 2019.

Hon Fraser noted that he had raised the issue of Prospect Reef employees not being paid since August of 2018, “despite maintaining their work schedule and duties” and wanted to know why the workers were not being paid and who is responsible for it happening?

He also wanted to know how much was owed and when payments were going to be made.

$171, 834.78 owed

According to Honourable Fahie, since taking office as premier on February 26, 2019, “and also hearing the Member [Hon Fraser], when we had the Second Sitting [of HoA] asking these questions,” he directed his office to furnish him with a detailed report on this matter. “Clearly, this matter was not given the attention it required.”

The Premier added; however, that the research has revealed that the amount of money outstanding to the employees of Prospect Reef is $171, 834.78.

“This represents wages owed from August 2018 to present. It was discovered, Mr Speaker, that this expenditure was inadvertently not accounted for in the 2019 budget.”

Honourable Fahie declared that all efforts are being exhausted to have all the employees of Prospect Reef owed paid in full no later than by the end of August 2019.

The amount of employees on the payroll for Prospect Reef Resort was not disclosed.

“Mr Speaker, a review of the organisational and operational structure of Prospect Reef is currently being undertaken in order to determine a more economical way forward,” Hon Fahie stated.

What are workers to be paid for?

However, Hon Fraser wanted to know what the workers were being paid for? “What are they doing…What part of Prospect Reef are they? Diving or something? Are they divers?”

Hon Fahie said the safest answer he could give was to repeat that a review of the organisational and operational structure of Prospect Reef is currently being undertaken in order to determine a more economical way forward.

“An economical way forward with what? What’s there?” Hon Fraser asked.

Premier Fahie replied that as soon as the “review” of Prospect Reef Resort is complete he will return to the House to give a detailed report.

“Because we all are clear as to what is not there.”

6 Responses to “Prospect Reef workers to be paid by end of August- Premier Fahie”

  • True (30/07/2019, 18:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Paid for what? Non standing at a gate, protecting nothing, no one is ever there???
  • voter (30/07/2019, 20:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another NDP FAILURE
  • asking for a friend (31/07/2019, 03:46) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why the dam God former government buy prospect reef in the first place?
  • home boy (31/07/2019, 10:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    That is good that whoever they are will be getting paid. At the same time the Government needs to get the place cleanup and properly secure to keep out those persons that are not supposed to be there until a decision is made as to the way forward with this prime property.
  • Charley Rose (31/07/2019, 11:25) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I found Hon. Fraser to be hypocritical since he brought the issue to the House as a Representative of the people concerning payments for the workers. Having got a response from the Hon. Premier as to the payment, he is asking what are they being paid for. Such silly question from an experience politician. I think the intention of Hon. Fraser is to make the Premier loos bad. Hon. Fraser needs to stop being hypocritical.
  • Workin' for a Living (31/07/2019, 13:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who is supposed to be getting paid to do what at Prospect Reef?
    After Irma, the place looks like a film set for some zombie apocalypse movie. Actually that might be its appropriate future! Or let cruisesheep run amok on the grounds with paint guns until they've surrendered or emptied their wallets.
    We have what, a manger racking up a salary for keeping tabs on a relic? House maids mopping up nothing? Groundskeepers not keeping the grounds? Security guards for nowheresville? And they've been hard at work without pay for 11 months? Seriously!?!


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